Wednesday, April 26, 2017

College Bound {Almost}

A few weeks ago, Randi and I embarked on a whirlwind adventure! We set off to visit five schools, in four cities, in 4 days!!!  We were on a train or plane every day. Our journey began on a red eye flight to D.C. {Which, by the way, I am too old for}! We landed at 7 AM and hit the ground running. We had two school tours scheduled in the area...American University and George Washington U. {We both loved GWU}!!!

As soon as the tours finished, we had an early dinner at Founding Farmers and high tailed it to the White House and surrounding areas...we had to see as much as we could!  I had never been to D.C. and it was my favorite city. It was clean, pretty, rich with history and so much to see!

The next morning, we caught a train to Philadelphia. We checked in to our hotel and walked to Drexel University. Randi had already toured this school last summer and it was at the top of her list. After the tour, we both decided we liked GWU better. 

After the tour, we fought the freezing wind and made it to Reading Terminal Market for some lunch.
We both broke down and had a traditional Philly Cheese Steak.

The market is full of delicious foods to try, but when we saw the enormous line at this donut stand...we knew it was a must.
It was so fun to watch them make them and they were probably the best donuts I have ever had!

The wind and cold temps kept us from walking around the city too much. We had both been there, so we decided to head to our room and watch a movie.

Next up...Boston.
We caught a quick flight from Philly to Boston and arrived with enough time to have a bowl of chowda before our Emerson College tour.

It was freezing in Boston and although we love the city, Emerson was not our favorite school. So, we ducked out of the tour and hopped on a heated site seeing bus! 

Two hours later, we got off the bus in the town square that houses the Boston Library.
{The oldest city library in the country}. 
I have quite the love affair with libraries and this one took my breath away!

We dined at a beautiful, old hotel on the square...which Randi picked, and a little later, we visited an indie book store that was hosting one of my favorite bakers. {Joy the Baker}.

Last stop: NYU
We boarded a train from Boston to NYC. {By the way, I love train travel...much better than plane}!

We checked in to our hotel on the Upper West Side and booked it to our NYU tour. Although we were impressed with the school, it felt more like a place for grad school. 

After the tour we dashed over to Tiffany's on 5th Ave. Randi had saved her money to treat herself at her favorite store. She got two darling charms for her bracelet.

After shopping, we did some mean speed walking to our dinner reservations across from the theatre where we had tickets.  Randi found and booked the quaint Italian eatery. Not only was the food fabulous, but we were literally steps away from the theatre. We swooned over Jake Gyllenhaal in Sundays in the Park with George. He was great, the story was interesting, and Broadway is...well, Broadway. I love the intimacy of the theaters there.
{the ice skating rink in Central Park}

Saturday morning we woke up, strolled through Central Park {my favorite thing of NYC} to the Upper East Side, and purchased macarons at Laduree.

It was such a great trip with my beautiful daughter. She amazes me with her organization and travel planning and her desire to see the world. I'm not sure if she will end up at any of these schools for undergrad {they were around $60,000 a year}, but I'm sure she will end up here sooner or later. I'm so excited for her future and anxious to see where the paths take her. I'm happy I get to visit her in these great cities! {In warmer months, of course}!

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